Boracay will start accepting tourists from general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ areas starting Oct. 1, Palace spokesman Harry Roque announced Thursday night.

Tourists will be required to undergo Covid-19 tests before traveling and immediately undergo quarantine until their date of travel to Boracay.

Roque added that Boracay tourists would be exempted from age restrictions but the ban on people with comorbidities would remain.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases advised airlines that the Godofredo R. Ramos Airport in Caticlan, Malay would be the only port of entry for tourists traveling by air.

A “central point” to screen tourists traveling by land, air and sea will also be established, along with the strict enforcement of minimum health standards.

“Minimum health and safety guidelines as well as emergency response protocols must be in place, and a Covid laboratory in the locality must be operational,” Roque said.

Earlier, Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte had approved the gradual reopening of the tourism sector, but only with the assurance that health and safety measures were in place. John Ezekiel J. Hirro